-about the artist

illustrator Steven Salerno creates contemporary images with a retro vibe for advertising, magazines, publishing, packaging, etc... A graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City he studied under top industry professionals including famed children's book author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, author of "Where the Wild Things Are." 

Since 2000 Steven has also illustrated 25 picture books for children, and is the author/illustrator of 5 titles: "Coco the Carrot"  "Little Tumbo"  "Harry Hungry!"  "Wild Child" and in 2018 "Tim's Goodbye." 

Released in 2012 was the picture book, "Brothers at Bat" non-fiction, written by Audrey Vernick & illustrated by Steven Salerno (Clarion Books), which was named a NY Times Book Review Notable Picture Book of the Year

Released in 2013 was the picture book, "BOOM!," written by Mary Lyn Ray & illustrated by Steven Salerno (Hyperion Books/Disney) The story of a dog afraid of thunder and lightening.

Released in 2015 was the picture book, "The Fantastic Ferris Wheel" non fiction, written by Betsy Harvey Kraft with incredible period illustrations by Steven Salerno (Christy Ottaviano Books /Henry Holt & Co). The true story of American engineer George Ferris and his invention, the Ferris Wheel, built for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. 

Released in 2015 was the picture book, "Wild Child" written & illustrated by Steven Salerno (Abrams Books for Young Readers). The jungle is suddenly invaded by a little terror, a naked human child... and all the animals must quickly figure out a way to tame this creature or there will never be any peace or quiet in the jungle ever again.

Released in 2016 was another non fiction Audrey Vernick picture book story, "The Kid from Diamond Street" with 1920's era illustrations by Steven Salerno. (Clarion Books) It is the true story of Philadelphia girl, Edith Houghton, who as a 13 year old in 1925, played baseball for an all-female American team that toured in Japan playing against their college level men's baseball teams.

Released in 2016 was Random House's Little Golden Books picture book, "Puppy Princess" written by Sue Fliess with whimsical illustrations by Steven Salerno. A pampered pup lives a life of luxury and also competes in a dog show. 

Released in 2017 was the picture book, "Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates" written by April Jones Prince & illustrated by Steven Salerno (Farrar Straus & Giroux). A hearty pirate-themed twist to the classic Goldilocks tale.

Scheduled for release in 2018 is Steven's 5th author/illustrator picture book, "Tim's Goodbye" (Farrar Straus & Giroux). The story of Margot and her friends mysteriously gathering, then a visual twist in the illustrations reveal that they have all gathered to say their goodbye to a beloved pet who has died.

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one of the illustrations for "The Fantastic Ferris Wheel"  published in 2015 by Christy Ottaviano Books

cover illustration for "The Kid from Diamond Street"  published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

cover illustration for "Wild Child"  published in 2015 by Abrams Books for Young Readers

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